Actress and comedian Tracee Ellis Ross’ is not only a total knockout but she’s got a killer sense of humor and superb comedic timing. The daughter of music icon Diana Ross and music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein, Tracee was basically born to rule Hollywood and does just that on her ABC hit show, Blackish. When she isn’t making us laugh, she’s making us think twice about the world we live in.
From her challenge of beauty standards to hosting events like Black Girls Rock, Tracee just keeps us fawning over her again and again. Her humor makes us laugh and her heart makes us believe in good. Tracee Ellis Ross is a ray of sunshine, and we are sharing why we (and you) love her.
She’s Outspoken and Honest
Tracee isn’t afraid to back down from uncomfortable topics in favor of bringing light to issues, like the pay gap. She discusses the pay inequality with Larry King above, also chiming in on the Black Lives Matter movement and sexism throughout the world. She’s not afraid to make you think, and we love that.
She Thinks Beauty is Not Uniform
If you want to hear an intelligent woman open up a dialogue about women and the beauty standards we are held to, then listen to Tracee’s thoughts on the unattainable standards of beauty.
“If you think you have to manipulate yourself because you think who you are is not good enough…then I think our culture has failed you,” she says.
She Shares Her Stories
With a black mother and white father, Tracee has a life that is both unique to herself and similar to others around the world. She’ll be the first to tell you that as a black woman, cabs pass her by and that her hair scares some people. Since so many people have similar stories, it helps open up a dialogue about racial stereotyping.
Her Hair is Her Life
Speaking of people being afraid of her hair, Tracee takes pride in her tresses and loves wearing it the way she likes. Her hair isn’t your problem, and she is going to let you know that. In a world where women of color are shamed for their natural hair not being seen as “professional” or “pretty,” Tracee is here to set the record straight.
She Has an Honorary Doctorate from Brown
Her humor is ingenius, so it’s no surprise that she has an honorary Ph.D. A graduate of Brown University, the college selected her for her contributions in her career and society. Not only being the sole person of color being awarded a doctorate degree, the important moment was made historic with her fabulous cheering from the stage during the ceremony.